Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton once proposed using a military drone strike to extrajudicially assassinate Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, a document published by the organization states.
The screenshot tweeted Monday cites a report from TruePundit.comclaiming in 2010 the State Department explored ways to suppress the trouble-making Assange before he could publish damaging information on “conversations between State Dept. personnel and its foreign assets and allies.”
“‘Can’t we just drone this guy?’ Clinton openly inquired,” TruePundit.com reports.
While Wikileaks has not confirmed the veracity of the report, theWashington Examiner notes that during the same time the State Department was involved in discussions on what “nonlegal” methods were available to subdue Assange.
“…Emails previously released from Clinton’s private server reveal Anne Marie Slaughter, a former director of policy planning at the State Department, sent an email on the same day in 2010 on the subject of possible ‘nonlegal strategies’ for dealing with WikiLeaks. That email also notes that a meeting was held that day to discuss WikiLeaks,” reports the Washington Examiner.
Assange has been holed up at the Ecuadorian embassy in England since August 2012 for fear of retaliation by various national governments over the top level secrets he’s helped expose.
The latest claims come as Wikileaks is set to release new information Tuesday expected to be a major blow to the former secretary of state’s current presidential bid.
Calls to assassinate Assange have also been made on public television, most notably by former Fox Business commentator Bob Beckel, who suggested US special ops be used to eliminate the whistleblower.
“A dead man can’t leak stuff,” Beckel told Fox Business’ Eric Bolling in a 2010 interview. “This guy’s a traitor, he’s treasonous, and he has broken every law of the United States. And I’m not for the death penalty, so… there’s only one way to do it: illegally shoot the son of a bitch.”